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Rick Perry Hopes Combination of Wearing Glasses and Not Talking Will Make Him Seem Smarter-Borowitz



Borowitz thinks this is funny
I, for one, am certain someone suggested it and made him believe it and it is therefore real.
Funny just scrapes the surface on the way to hysterical.
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AUSTIN, Tex. (The Borowitz Report)—With an eye toward a Presidential run in 2016, Rick Perry, the Texas governor, is hoping that a two-pronged strategy of wearing glasses and not speaking will make him appear smarter to voters, aides to the Governor confirmed today.
“After the 2012 Republican primary, we knew that we needed to solve what we called the Governor’s smartness problem,” said Harland Dorrinson, an aide to Perry. “The fix that we came up with was glasses, but, as it turned out, that was only half the solution.”
After outfitting Perry with designer eyewear, aides sent him on the road to reintroduce himself to voters, but the response, Mr. Dorrinson said, was underwhelming: “The problem was, he was still talking.”
A round of focus groups convinced aides that only through a combination of wearing glasses and not emitting any sounds could Perry overcome voters’ initial impressions of him.
At a recent political stop in San Antonio, the newly minted Governor Perry was on display, wearing his glasses and gesticulating expressively while saying nothing for thirty minutes.
“Our focus groups show people no longer know what Rick Perry is thinking,” said Mr. Dorrinson. “That’s a huge improvement.”

www.borowitzreport.com

My first and so far only iphone photo ever

Since my wrist is broken I go out without taking my camera at the moment. I was walking with my grandson and saw this scene and bemoaned my lack. He said let me show you how to do it with my iphone.

I'm amazed at the simplicity and the quality, when my current cellphone contract runs out I'll switch to an iphone.

If it's Friday it must be time for Bill Maher. 10pm HBO and here's the guest list

The Interview:

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina
are members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot and were featured in the HBO documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. After being imprisoned in Russia for nearly two years, they founded “Law Zone,” a prisoners’ rights organization. Nadya’s husband, Petr Verzilov is a member of Voina, a Russian artists group, and will serve as translator.


The Panel:


Ana Marie Cox
is a political columnist for The Guardian US and a Resident Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. A regular commentator on MSBNC and NPR, Cox is the founding editor of the blog Wonkette. In her column this week, she gives the GOP advice on how to shake its “women problem.”


Rep. Duncan Hunter
represents California’s 50th district. Having achieved the title of Major, he was the first combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Congress. He is a proponent of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and recently asked Congress to evaluate whether there was suitable support for a constitutional convention.


Rob Lowe
is the author of Love Life, a follow-up to 2011’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends. Despite playing a civil servant in Parks and Recreation, Brothers & Sisters and The West Wing, he recently told The New York Times, “I want the government out of almost everything.” Keep an eye out for news of his next project: an NBC sitcom with Rob Riggle and Rebecca Romijn.


Mid Show Guest:


Matt Taiibb
joins the panel mid-show to discuss his sixth book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. Having recently left Rolling Stone, Taibbi will lead a new digital magazine at First Look Media, focusing on “the ongoing financial crisis and the political machinery that makes it possible.”

First knock me over with a feather and then take a peek at who's gonna move to my town



MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry to Join Wake Forest University Faculty

(Winston-Salem, N.C. – April 11, 2014) – MSNBC television host, award-winning scholar and Wake Forest University alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (‘94) will return this summer to her alma mater as a chaired professor.

Host of the popular MSNBC show “Melissa Harris-Perry,” she joins Wake Forest’s Politics and International Affairs department from Tulane University, where she has served as a political science professor since 2011. 

“My love affair with Wake Forest began when I was 16, so having the opportunity to return is thrilling beyond measure,” said Harris-Perry. “Wake Forest taught me the joys of learning, the responsibilities of citizenship, and the endurance of friendship.  I welcome the challenge of joining this demanding and nurturing academic environment.” 

Known for her creative and dynamic teaching style, Harris-Perry brings practical political and relevant cultural experiences to the classroom. 

“Melissa Harris-Perry is one of the nation’s foremost intellectuals publicly exploring—and thoughtfully influencing—the intersections of politics, race, gender, religion and culture,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “We are delighted that she has chosen to come home to Wake Forest and help ignite in our students the passion she has for contemporary political issues and social justice.” 

Harris-Perry has been named a Presidential Chair, an endowed position that recognizes and supports exceptional faculty who embody Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar ideal. She is the second Presidential Chair honoree, joining Michele Gillespie of Wake Forest’s History Department.

Harris-Perry is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Named for the foundational black feminist intellectual, activist, and educator of the early 20th century, the Anna Julia Cooper Project supports related programs, courses and research and will move with Harris-Perry to Wake Forest. 

“I am most honored to have an opportunity to bring Anna Julia Cooper home to North Carolina,” said Harris-Perry. “Establishing a research center in Cooper’s name at Wake Forest University will preserve her legacy of black feminist scholarship that transcends the traditional boundaries between academy and community.”

Harris-Perry is also an award-winning author. Her first book, “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book, “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” argues that persistent harmful stereotypes—invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women—profoundly shape black women's political engagement, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. 

Having also previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University, her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. 

Harris-Perry regularly provides expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns for a variety of media outlets, and she will continue to host her weekend MSNBC program. Additionally, she plans to maintain her scholarly research agenda and teach an array of innovative courses based on a principle of engaged scholarship aimed at providing students with opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. 

Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English with a minor in politics from Wake Forest, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

About Wake Forest UniversityWake Forest University combines the best traditions of a nationally renowned liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.


MEDIA CONTACT: nealkc@wfu.edu or media@wfu.edu

Russians Withheld Information on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Finds

Source: NYTimes

BREAKING NEWS Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:32 PM EDT
Russians Withheld Information on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Finds
The Russian government withheld from the F.B.I. significant information that it had about one of the Boston marathon bombing suspects two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s review of how federal agencies could have thwarted the bombing.
After an initial investigation by F.B.I. agents in Boston, the Russians rebuffed several requests for additional information that they had about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The new inspector general’s report found that it was only after the bombing occurred last April that the Russians shared with the F.B.I. the additional intelligence, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Mr. Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/russia-withheld-details-on-tamerlan-tsarnaev-us-report-says.html?emc=edit_na_20140409

Poll: Majority of Americans Would Support Jeb Bush Painting / exhibited by Andy Borowitz



WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A new poll released today shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans would support the idea of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking up painting.
According to the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, seventy-four per cent of those surveyed “strongly agreed” with the statement: “Jeb Bush painting would be a really good thing for the United States and also for the rest of the world.”
A spokesman for Mr. Bush said that, as of yet, the former governor had made no decision to start painting but would “try to make up his mind by the end of the year” at the latest.
“Gov. Bush wants to serve his country and if he can best do that by painting, so be it,” the spokesman said.

www.borowitzreport.com

Show me the money/I can almost hear you now. Language in the Hallowed Halls. (Thompson cartoon)

Bill Maher guest lineup - 10 pm tonight, then Vice (I hope) and repeat at 11:30

The Interview:

Captain Paul Watson is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and star of Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars.” He has been at the helm of some 300 ocean-going expeditions with the goal of protecting whales, seals and other animals from hunters and poachers. This week, his organization claimed a huge victory when the International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled against Japan’s whaling activities.

The Panel:

Alex Wagner is the host of “Now with Alex Wagner”, weekdays at noon on MSNBC. Her political analysis can frequently be seen on The Last Word, Hardball, and elsewhere.

Carrie Sheffield is an online columnist for Forbes.com, analyzing political economy, foreign affairs and culture. She is a New York Leader at the Foreign Policy Initiative, serves on the communications committee for 100 Women in Hedge Funds and appears regularly on MSNBC.

Representative Tom Davis served Virginia’s 11th district in the House of Representative for six terms. He is now Director of Federal Government Relations at Deloitte Consulting and President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Mid-Show Guest:

Nas joins the panel mid-show to celebrate two decades in the hip-hop/rap industry this year. His re-mastered album, Illmatic XX, drops April 15th. In addition to opening 12AM RUN, a sneaker store in Las Vegas, Nas is developing a semi-autobiographical TV show, Street Dreams.

Fox (news) knows how to make you think, don't it????? Brilliant graphic here. Source unknown.



Spied this in my files just now. A big Saturday night smile worth sharing.

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